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Health workers to embark on warning strike Sept 13

The Joint Health Sector Unions and the Assembly of Health Care Professionals has threatened to commence a warning strike on September 13 if the Federal Government fails to address their demands.

This comes shortly after the commencement of a nationwide strike by resident doctors on Monday.

The health workers, while addressing journalists in Abuja, said their commitment to resolving issues through dialogue had been taken for granted.

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The National Chairman of JOHESU, Bio Josiah, who spoke on behalf of the unions, urged the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to replace the substantive Minister, Senator Chris Ngige, in the negotiations between them and the FG, as he accused Ngige of compromise.

Among other demands, the union insisted on the immediate payment of the shortfall in the COVID-19 allowances of non-clinical staff in the federal health institutions presently pegged at 10 per cent to the agreed 50 per cent of basic salaries paid to all clinical staff in the federal health institutions.

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JOHESU also asked states and LGAs that had yet to domesticate the COVID-19 allowances for their clinical and non-clinical health workers to abide by the agreement without further delay to avoid the breakdown of industrial harmony in their health sector.

The union added, “We demand unconditional payment of all withheld salaries at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, JUTH, LUTH and the complement of April and May 2018 salaries.

“States and Local Governments are urged to unconditionally pay all outstanding salaries. States are urged to conclude minimum wage negotiations and implementation.”

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JOHESU further said the FG, state and local governments must come up with COVID-19 palliatives for the citizens while improving service delivery and remedial measures to combat failing and decaying infrastructural facilities.

On the looming strike, he said, “If the Federal Government does not meet these demands by midnight of September 13, 2020, JOHESU will have no other choice but to commence a nationwide seven-day warning strike of our members in all the federal health institutions.”

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